Friday the 13th SLASH(ER) Sale!

October 13, 2017 | Posted in News


Well, it’s here. In October, no less, and you don’t need to suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia to be worried about it.

Friday the 13th

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the term that describes people who fear Friday the 13th. It’s closely related to triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13.

Don’t ask us to pronounce either of those words but we're wondering why the number 13 is so troublesome and why is a friday with this number such a fear-filled day? Has it always been this way? 

The fear of number 13 has deep roots. The reason people fear the number isn’t known, but according to National Geographic, many think it has to do with the idea that the number 12 has been considered a “complete” number. So much of what we know in the Western world is linked to that number: the number of months in a year, the signs of the zodiac, the number of tribes in Israel, the number of Jesus’ apostles. Thirteen, then, came to be associated with something that is less-than perfect or even unlucky.

Why Friday? That, too, is unclear. Some suggest that the day’s negative association also comes from the Bible. It’s the day of The Last Supper – when Judas (who some say was the 13th person to the table) betrayed Jesus.

For the Dan Brown fans out there, legend has it that the Knights Templar in France were arrested on Friday, the 13th 1307. However, National Geographic claims that this isn't the origin of the modern superstition either. Instead, they say:

"Right now, the hottest take on Friday the 13th is that it wasn’t associated with bad luck until 1907, when a novel titled Friday, the Thirteenth was published. In his book on the number 13, author Nathaniel Lachenmeyer argues that before the 20th century, “13” had been an unlucky number, and 'Friday' had been an unlucky day, but 'Friday the 13th' wasn’t necessarily a concept."

So, no one agrees on exactly why Friday the 13th has became so foreboding. But, year after year, it keeps happening and no one can put a stop to it!

With that in mind, we like this short post from Everyday Analytics. According to their analysis (looking at 40 years, from 2010 to 2050), we can expect at least one Friday the 13th every year, and sometimes up to three. Sometimes they come as quickly as 28 days apart, or as far as 427 days apart. Good news for those who love the day: This year, we begin the first of four consecutive years with two Friday the 13ths in the same calendar year.

If you dread Friday the 13th—or even if you don’t—we at AtmosFX like to celebrate the day. It’s who we are. No matter where you come down on the day, we’d like to help you celebrate it with 25% off of the Night Stalkers Digital Decoration – AtmosFX’s homage to the classic ’80s horror flicks like, of course, “Friday the 13th.”

Happy Paraskevidekatriaphobia Day! Sale starts screaming at Noon PDT Friday, Oct. 13 and bleeds-out 24 hours later, Saturday, Oct.14. 

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